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California's Anza Electric Cooperative selects ADTRAN solutions for gigabit broadband program
Announced Date: 5/16/2016 Published Date: 5/17/2016

ADTRAN announced that California's Anza Electric Cooperative has joined its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, becoming the latest of more than 300 communities nationwide to deploy services based on the ADTRAN gigabit service architecture.

Anza Electric Cooperative (AEC), a member of Touchstone Energy, the national brand of electric cooperatives, provides power to the communities of Anza, Garner Valley, Pinyon Pines and parts of Aguanga, serving 3,900 homes, schools, businesses and 20 irrigation loads.

ADTRAN stated that the utility company identified an opportunity to address market demand for broadband connectivity and has successfully met and exceeded residents' expectations by delivering a high speed, dynamic broadband service through ConnectAnza and based on ADTRAN's gigabit service architecture.

Anza Electric has launched its gigabit ConnectAnza service for the communities across nearly 700 sq miles of high desert between San Diego and Palm Springs, where the new service is supporting the creation of job training and virtual education programs. The utility is also developing a professional telecom training program at a satellite campus with a regional community college.

ADTRAN announced in August last year that its solutions had enabled gigabit broadband services for over 200 communities through the company's Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program.

ADTRAN has subsequently announced projects with TDS Telecom in New Hampshire, Twin Valley of Kansas, New Lisbon Telephone Company (NLTC) in Indiana, Bridge Point Communications of New York and EATEL of Louisiana through its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program.

Commenting on the project, Kevin Short, GM at Anza Electric Cooperative, said, "ConnectAnza is filling a void in the market, with only one CLEC delivering basic broadband and no cable providers offering any alternatives, Anza (opted) to give customers the latest ultra-fast gigabit broadband connectivity".